Drumming & Autism Training
Drumming & Autism Training with Jim Donovan M.Ed., is a training program designed to show ASD professionals how to facilitate strategies using music and rhythm with people with ASD. These clinically proven techniques were developed and tested at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and are designed to meet goals such as: (1) increased attention to task, (2) non-verbal expression, (3) socialization and (4) stress reduction for individuals on the Autism spectrum and other disabilities.
Drumming & Autism training helps you to learn how to musically engage the people you work with through a variety of methods such as "Percussion Intervention" which has been shown to significantly improve their attention to task in children with Autism and increase their overall level of engagement with caregivers. Research so far has demonstrated average increases in attention to task of 189% in as little as 12 weeks.
Group music making gives people with social challenges an alternative way to communicate and be in community with others without the worry of being "good at music". Drums and percussion are remarkably effective ways to bring people together in an enjoyable way. Drumming & Autism training offers your clients fail-proof opportunities to make music with others on their terms in a welcoming container of safety.
Drumming & Disabilities training infuses the natural ability of rhythm to calm the human mind and body. Through the deliberate use of tempo, instrument choice and timbre, you can help people with ASD to release excess energy and become more calm- naturally.
What will you learn?
By the end of this training you will know. . .
- A philosophy of inclusive and accessible facilitation.
- Methodology for creating safe, accepting and positive environments.
- Methodology and examples of four Percussion Intervention foundation templates.
- The research behind the techniques.
By the end of this training you will be able to. . .
- Facilitate percussion intervention techniques with children on the Autism spectrum and other disabilities.
- Adapt percussion intervention techniques to their own specific client needs.
- Design their own unique percussion interventions
I have never facilitated, taught music. Will I be able to do this? Yes. Drumming & Disabilities Training welcomes persons of all experience levels including those with no musical or teaching experience. You will not need to know how to read musical notation, nor will you need a background in music theory. The training is designed to take you as you are and give you the skill sets you need to begin creating your own rhythm-based interventions.
I already have music therapy, musical teaching and/or facilitation experience. Will I learn anything new at your training? Yes.
If you already have music therapy, musical teaching and/or facilitation experience, you may be familiar with some of what will be shared. That being said, this training is unique in the way it shows you how to both perform and create your own unique interventions.
Is a Percussion Intervention Music Therapy? No.
While Drumming & Disabilities Training and Music Therapy both share the tool of music in their respective approaches there are important differences. Music Therapy is a highly regarded field in which the practitioners spend many years of schooling learning to apply a wide range of techniques to a many different needs and situations. Drumming & Disabilities Training teaches you adjunct interventions that anyone can learn in a short period of time. A typical training is 5-6 hours.
Do I need my own drum for the training? No, we provide drums and percussion for participants to use during the training. We can also connect your organization to cost effective instrument resources.